Long Island Rail Road Service Headaches Could Continue Through Friday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There is no light at the end of the tunnel for Long Island Rail Road commuters — at least until Friday at the earliest.

LIRR customers will have to put up with the delays and cancellations for at least another two days.  Service should return to normal by the Friday morning rush, according to Amtrak.

Amtrak was still working to repair a 1,400-foot section of damaged track inside an East River tunnel, where an empty five-car Amtrak train, moving at 60 miles per hour, derailed Sunday afternoon.

Earlier Tuesday, officials said they hoped to restore regular service by Thursday.  There is still a possibility disrupted service could continue through the weekend.

For a detailed list of service changes, click here.

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“The work is progressing inside the tunnel where there was damage because of the Amtrak derailment on Sunday.  Amtrak is doing that repair work.  There are roughly 275 wooded railroad ties that have to be replaced,” LIRR spokesperson Joe Calderone said.

The cancellations and disruptions have taken their toll on weary commuters.

“We all rely on this. I live on Long Island. There’s no other way to get in,” one woman said.

“Who isn’t fed up with it? But what are you going to do?” another commuter said.

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Crews were working under difficult conditions to transport equipment into the narrow, 23-foot-wide tunnel.

“So they’ve had to re-rail these cars, get them out of the way. And then they need to do the repairs. And they have to get the materials to the site. It’s very labor intensive,” Calderon said

Calderone said workers were putting in 12-hour shifts to try to make the repairs.

“Once that’s all complete, then everything has to be tested — all the safety systems inside the tunnel have to be tested to make sure that everything is ready to use again,” he said.

Amtrak’s troubles have been crippling LIRR service to Penn Station. Tuesday morning, there were 12 cancellations, along with five trains bound for Penn Station having their route terminate at Jamaica Station. Four other Penn-Station bound trains were diverted to Brooklyn, and one more was re-routed to Hunters Point.

The MTA was cross-honoring tickets for access to subway trains into the city.

Are you fed up with the LIRR? Leave a comment below…

  • Jim Mundy

    Jim Mundy

    Rail travel nationally is in trouble. How about that HUGE loss experienced by Amtrak. Sounds like we’re past time for the legislatures to get going with both and investigation of Amtrak AND AND AND a SOLUTION!. Amtrak owning the tracks and collecting rent from NJT and the LIRR would pre-suppose integrity of rails. Seems like there is an increasing number of derailments and Amtrak owns them

    It kind of blows your mind that you could check with any airport in the world, give them the flight number and airline and you will be told which gate is scheduled for that flight at lease thirty or more days in advance. However, go to the LIRR concourse level 30 minutes before a trains is due to depart and there is no track posting. In fact often the track number is posted less than 10 minutes before departure. I traveled by air on at least 8 flights per week for 20 years and almost invariably could locate the scheduled departure gate hours in advance. Not here, however. And it’s not just the LIRR Posting – the Amtrak departures upstairs are just as bad. When does the guy in charge make the decision? At the very last minute or so it would seem.

    It’s time for a serious study and recommendations for the decrepit operation of Amtrak. The LIRR is more times than not the victim of this inefficiency and, although sometimes culpable, has been trying to improve its operation. At least the communication has somehow improved but still has a long way to go. In this case let’s place the blame at the right doorstep – AMTRAK and congressional indifference.

  • JH

    East Side access into GCT can’t come fast enough

  • gwen

    this is horrific,once again in the hub of the world. . we must look ignorant to outsiders who are unable to believe that NJT, Amtrak, LIRR, MetNorth share rails. i’m a frequent commuter and this is a concurrent scenario at least 3x per month. thank Mother Nature for not throwing rain into the mix. . oh well, time to call Pres’O’ to give Gov Christie a sitdown about why we need that extension. . .

  • Jason S

    I guess that mean LIRR will be raising rates again very soon

    • Linda D

      can someone tell me why it is only the Babylon and Port Washington Lines being affected by cancelled trains. What about the main line? Can’t they endure some of the burden? It just does not seam fair –

      • Dale Auburn

        Have you checked the MTA’s website over the past two days? EVERY line has had some trains canceled and combined. Even the pathetically sparse Montauk branch is getting delayed to wait for other trains to connect.

    • LIRR hater

      yes, the new fares will go into effect January 1

    • Dale Auburn

      I hope not. Amtrak owns the river tunnel tracks and is responsible for the repairs. Amtrak should refund part of the LIRR’s May rent for Penn Station and the tunnels.

  • JM in San Diego CA

    What, AMTRAK goes to Queens and the rest of Long Island? Why was an AMTRAK train even in that tunnel?

    I’m from the city and I think I understand AMTRAK.

    • Ardi

      amtrak goes thru queens to get to ct and boston

      • JM in San Diego CA

        Thank you.

    • DS

      There is a rail yard in Sunny Side Queens. You can see LIRR, AMTRAK and NJ Transit train parked there. They share the same tracks in and out of Penn Station.

      • JM in San Diego CA

        Thank you. I didn’t know that.

    • Dale Auburn

      As any New Yorker should already know, Amtrak owns most of the Northeast Corridor, including Penn Station and all tracks into and out of it. That includes the Sunnyside Yard and the tracks through Queens, the Hell Gate Bridge, and the tracks in the Bronx (adjacent to the lower Bruckner Expressway) and up to New Rochelle.

      Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_Corridor#Ownership.

      • JM in San Diego CA

        Didn’t know about the Hell Gate Bridge rail traffic. Thank you.

  • Jimmy

    Please give the MTA and Amtrak more money to squander.

  • a commuter

    Clearly, these guys are getting paid by the hour…

  • BDAY55

    “where an empty five-car Amtrak train, moving at 60 miles per hour, derailed Sunday afternoon”

    Casey Jones was at the wheel again, no doubt.

  • Capt Lou

    And the government wants to spend how much on high speed rail service? LoL!

    • RichieT

      The government had absolutely nothing to do with this. . The MTA is rebuilding sections of the subway system that were shut down years ago. An express run to Coney Island is one of them. The old style wooden ties, are being replaced with concrete ones. If the ties in the tunnel were concrete, there would have been a lot less damage. .

  • KPMc

    You mean the people that are coming in to their jobs, spending money and paying taxes?

    And in particular to this story… the one’s that live in the same state and riding on public transportation run by a state agency?

    Those people? You are a moron!

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